Benefits of Svarnapatri

Cassia angustifolia is commonly known as Senna, is a perennial plant. The Sanskrit name of Cassia angustifolia  is Svarnapatri. The leaves and fruits of this plant are used for making medicines. This herb is mainly used for treating constipation.

What is Cassia angustifolia?

Cassia angustifolia  is a small, branched, undershrub that belongs to Caesalpiniaceae family. It is also known as Indian Senna or sonamukhi. It is native to Arab, India and some African countries. The plants grow about 2-3 feet in height and have spear-shaped pointed leaves of pale yellowish-green color. Leaves, pods, and seeds are the parts that have important medicinal values. The plant is widely cultivated in southern India. Leaves of Cassia angustifolia are bitter, and sweet in taste.

What are the benefits of Cassia Angustifolia?

Cassia angustifolia is used for its laxative and purgative quality. Some of the uses of different parts of Cassia angustifolia are given below:

The dried leaves are used for treating the following conditions:

  • Constipation: Cassia angustifolia herb has a strong laxative effect. Therefore, it is used for treating acute and chronic constipation. It is also used for bowel preparation before performing colonoscopy. It is recommended to take 1-2 grams of dried leaves powder with hot water.
  • Improper bowel movement: The herb improves the peristaltic movements of the intestine and aids in regulating the bowel movement.
  • Poor liver secretion: Cassia angustifolia herb stimulates the liver for secreting the enzymes.
  • Loss of appetite: The dry powder of leaves or pods is effective in curing indigestion and loss of appetite.
  • Bone-related disorders: Cassia angustifolia herb is also effective in curing bone related disorders like rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and gout.
  • Blood purification: The herb is useful in purifying the blood, and used as wound dressing in some parts of India.
  • Skin problems: The extract of Cassia angustifolia leaves is effective in curing skin problems, such as pimples, acne, and eczema.
  • Intestinal worms: The herb is used for treating intestinal worms.
  • Weight loss: Cassia angustifolia herb also helps in weight loss.

The pods of Cassia angustifolia are effective in treating several conditions like:

  • Fever
  • Bronchitis
  • Jaundice
  • Malaria
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Anemia
  • Dermatitis

What are the medicinal properties of Cassia angustifolia?

Studies have shown the following medicinal properties of Cassia angustifolia:

  • Laxative effect: The extract of the plant possesses strong laxative property.
  • Antimicrobial property: The plant extract exhibits antimicrobial actions.
  • Antifungal property: The extract of the shrub has demonstrated antifungal activity.

What are the side effects of Cassia angustifolia?

Cassia angustifolia is safe when taken orally for a short term. However, it may some times lead to diarrhea, stomach discomfort or cramps. The long-term consumption of Cassia angustifolia in high dose may affect the normal functioning of the bowel movement and may lead to dependency on the laxatives. It may also affect the electrolyte balance in the blood that may lead to heart function disorder, liver damage, muscle weakness, and other harmful effects.

Using Cassia angustifolia safely:

The recommended dose of the herb is 3-6 grams per day. Special care must be taken while using Cassia angustifolia in people with the following conditions:

Pregnancy and breastfeeding: Pregnant women should avoid taking Cassia angustifolia. Breastfeeding women should also avoid the herb in high doses as it may secrete into the breast milk and may harm the baby.

Potassium deficiency: An individual who has electrolyte disturbance or potassium deficiency should avoid long-term use of Cassia angustifolia as it may worsen the condition.

Gastrointestinal conditions: People suffering from gastrointestinal conditions, such as intestinal blockage, abdominal pain, ulcerative colitis, stomach inflammation, hemorrhoids, Crohn’s disease, or anal prolapse should avoid taking Cassia angustifolia as it may worsen the conditions.

Heart disease: People suffering from heart disease should also avoid consumption of Cassia angustifolia   as it may lead to electrolyte disturbance and worsen the condition.

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